An intelligent and alluring offering from Zenit could adorn your camera shelf or occupy your camera bag. A sweet price for this SLR makes it very tempting.
In 2010 I had just been a year back into shooting film. I had an Action Sampler, a Holga 135, a Diana F+ and my Canon AE-1. I wanted something new to challenge myself and at this time my acquisition addiction was only in the fledgling stages. I did not have a lot of money allocated to photography due to other hobbies. I searched Auction sites and then Lomography. The other cameras I wanted like the LC-A+ and Lubitel 166 seemed out of my reach financially. I did find a little Russian Beauty named the Zenit 412LS within my budget.
It appealed to me for many reasons. First of which is that it was manual. It offered a light meter, which to someone still learning a lot, was a useful crutch. Secondly, it had DX coding included that helped automatically set the light meter. Thirdly, under all that plastic was a sturdy metal frame.
I took it out on my first run with some Fuji 200
I began to trust the light meter. I also learned that the release for the film rewind located by the shutter release also resets the film counter. This takes a little self training not to hit that and lose count of your number of exposures left.
The 412LS Also has a cable release that made for some long exposure fun in bulb mode one during the Christmas display of 2010 with some 400cn
The camera is great with B&W photos too. I used an orange filter and decided I was really going to put the light meter to the test one afternoon with mixed lighting and bright lights. It handle the test well to me.
The camera offers a tripod thread and a self timer that you wind via a wheel which is more than adequate for family portraits or self pics. The DX coding is sensitive from 25-3200 iso which is a real advantage as you can use nearly any 35mm film available today.
The lens is sharp and with Lomo offering new glass lenses recently, you can open up the repertoire of the 412LS camera. I recommend this camera who wants to open up their skills from a LC-A+ and still wants the fun of a Russian camera. Not too expensive, but it is a ton of fun. I have never regretted the purchase.